Mustang Yartung Festival tour to Muktinath in Nepal

Mustang Yartung Festival tour to Muktinath in Nepal 10 Days US$1350

About Yartung Festival in Muktinath

Yartung Festival is not only the horse race but also an expression of the Himalayan people’s love for their culture and tradition. During the festival time people of Manang, Mustang and Dolpo come together to celebrate their heritage, enjoy the festivities, and pray for a better future.

The main attraction of the Yartung Festival tour is the horse race, which takes place on the second day of the festival. The race is not only a competition between the riders and horses, but it is also a display of the riders’ skills and the strength and stamina of their horses.

The riders dress up in traditional attire, the horses are adorned with colorful ribbons and ornaments. The race is a sight to behold as the horses run at full speed along the steep and rugged terrains of the Himalayas. The festival is an opportunity for the locals to showcase their cultural traditions and to celebrate the spirit of unity and harmony.

Trip Fact


Mustang, Nepal


10 Days



Group Size

Min 2 to Max 10 Persons

Max altitude

Muktinath 3760 meters / 12336 feet

Best time

Full moon day of August


Jeep safari tours & sightseeing


Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels


3 Meals a day (BLD)


Flight, Drive & Tours

Start from

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom

End at

Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Yartung Festival tour overview

The Yartung Festival tour is one of cultural trip in mustang Nepal. Yartung Festival is a horse racing festival that celebrate in manang and mustang district of Nepal. It is celebrate for three days in full moon day of August, annually. During the celebration local take a part in various activities such as horse racing, arrow throwing, dancing and singing etc to mark the end of summer. Where is Muktinath temple travel guide with Brief history of MuktinathWe organize Muktinath Yartung festival trip to promote its natural beauty, cultural heritage as well as the centuries-old hidden treasures of Mustang all over the world.

Yartung Festival in Muktinath begins by the senior monk of village. First day of this festival dedicated to the head of the village. Monks participate on celebration of second day. Finally third day is for all other man and women’s who interested to participate on horse racing.

It is an opportunity for local to to show the strength of horses as well as the skill of horse riding. At the end of Lower Mustang Yartung Festival local pray the lord Buddha, make offers and receive blessing from the seniors.

Is Yartung festival tour right for you?

Cultural event Yartung Festival in Ranipauwa Muktinath of Mustang provide an opportunity for travelers to observe the typical way to celebrate the festival. Visitors familiar with local by celebrating festival together. To show such beautiful festival of mustang we organize the Lower Mustang Yartung Festival tour or trek to Muktinath in Nepal as per your preferences.

If you interested to understand Mustang and its culture write us to participate on celebration of horse racing Yartung festival in Muktinath. You can combine yartung festival with upper mustang trek, Annapurna circuit trek as well as the jomsom muktinath trek and tours also. Follow this link to know about Yartung Festival trip to Lo Manthang upper mustang detail information. The yartung festival is one of the major events in the Mastung region Nepal.

Yartung Festival tour highlights

  • Participate or enjoy horse racing in open fields where riders display their skills in riding & controlling their horses.
  • Witness the Yartung festival in Muktinath a vibrant celebration of rich cultural heritage of Himalaya region.
  • Participate or enjoy archery competitions that also organized during Yartung festival in Muktinath.
  • Observe the prayer by monks before festival to bless the people & seek protection from evil spirits.
  • Enjoy the traditional music and dance performances by local wearing colorful clothes and masks.
  • Take a taste of traditional food items and local drinks that are important part of Yartung Mela.
  • Discover Monasteries, Chortens, Mani walls, prayer flags, people and culture of mustang Nepal.
  • Visit Muktinath temple, Kagbeni, Marpha villages & many peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Yartung Festival tour itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, one of our officials will greet you and transfer to hotel by private vehicle. At the hotel, representative will brief you about program and plan. You can spend rest of the time at your leisure or explore the bustling city of Kathmandu.

Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.

The main ways to travel from Katmandu to Pokhara are by bus, private car and plane as per the budget, interest and booking deal. It takes 6 to 7 hours to cross 200 kilometers distance of Prithivi Highway in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you prefer flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara then only takes about 25 minutes.
Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is incredibly scenic, with breathtaking views of Himalayan mountains, waterfalls, picturesque scenery, Trishuli & Marshyangdi River. Along the way, you will pass through small towns and villages that give you a glimpse into the rural life of Nepal.
Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Annapurna range, serene Phewa Lake and beautiful Pokhara city. After checking into hotel you can take a rest or go to explore lakeside area, boating and walk around watching the reflection of mountain and sky in beautiful Phewa Lake. Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara end but memories last forever.

The fastest way to reach Jomsom from Pokhara is to take a flight. Pokhara to Jomsom flight is known for its scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of Himalayas. It takes 25 minutes to reach by flight and total weight allowed for baggage is 15 kg per person.
Due to frequently changing weather of Jomsom, flights can be delayed or cancelled at short notice. In this way, it is highly recommended to use road transportation instead of flight to make safe and sure journey.
Safe, sure and easiest way to reach Kagbeni from Pokhara is by road via Jomsom. It is 182 km / 113 miles and takes about 6/7 hours to reach. Road pass along Kali Gandaki river valley observing beautiful mountain scenery and countryside, deepest gorge in the world etc. We arrange flight or jeep as per weather condition, needs and agreement.
From jomsom we can take a jeep or walk to reach Kagbeni village. The road is rugged and bumpy, but the views are breathtaking. If you choose to walk, the trail is mostly flat and easy to follow along Kali Gandaki River. It takes around 3-4 hours, depend on your pace.
Kagbeni is a small village situated at the edge of lower and Upper Mustang Nepal. It is famous for its religious point of view (pilgrimage), traditional houses, narrow alleys, and ancient monasteries. Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni journey is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Muktinath to Jomsom journey begin after Muktinath temple exploration at Ranipauwa village in mustang. The distance from Muktinath to Jomsom is about 21 kilometers and possible to go by driving or walking as per preferences. It takes about 1 hour by driving and 5 to 6 hours by walking depend on your pace.
Trail descent from Muktinath towards the Kali Gandaki river crossing Jharkot, Khingar, Kagbeni and Ekle Bhatti villages in Annapurna region of Nepal. This is quite popular route offer stunning views of unique landscape, mountains, including Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more. Jomsom is famous for its apple orchards and strong winds that blow through Kali Gandaki valley.
After crossing suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki river, ultimately you reach Jomsom, check in hotel either rest, relax or explore around city, museum, apple orchards and interact with local etc. Muktinath to Jomsom trip is an incredible experience in Kali Gandaki valley where you witness the beauty of lower mustang closely.

Today is the day to say goodbye to Mustang, early in the morning, we will take a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom to Pokhara flight is a popular domestic route of Nepal. Plane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, offers stunning view of snow-capped mountains and valleys below. Once you arrive in Pokhara, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. You can spend rest of the day in leisure or walk around the streets of lake city, souvenir shopping, boating in Phewa lake and experience nightlife in Pokhara etc.
The weather of Jomsom change in no time that affect Pokhara flight frequently. If the weather is not fine, we’ll arrange jeep to drive back to Pokhara. We request you to plan some buffer time for this possibility and be flexible to use alternative ways of transportation like jeep or helicopter.
Jomsom Pokhara travel by jeep is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery, countryside, waterfalls, people and culture of Nepal, the memories will remain forever.

After breakfast, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu, a scenic drive takes around 6-7 hours to reach by jeep, car or tourist bus and 25 minute by flight as per deal. On the way back to Kathmandu by drive along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli river seeing the sight of countryside and beautiful high mountains and greenery around. Upon arrival in Kathmandu valley, you’ll check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel for souvenir shopping and relaxation. Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of trip.

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What are included in this package?

  • Airports pick up on your arrival day by private vehicle
  • Round trip drive / flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Pokhara to Jomsom flight / by private vehicle to Muktinath
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) 3 cups of hot drink each day on choice
  • Best accommodation at tea houses during tour period
  • Professional yoga teacher during Yartung Festival trek
  • Every day yoga and meditation course each Morning and evening
  • English speaking guide service trained by government of Nepal
  • Experience trekking staffs (2 guest =1 porters basic) to carry your backpack
  • All necessary paperwork, trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS) and local taxes
  • Jomsom to Pokhara by drive / flight on choice / weather condition
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara for 2 nights before and after trip
  • Travel and rescue arrangements if require


  • Visa fees / international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Hotel, Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses phone calls, mineral water, bar bills, hot shower, battery recharge, extra porters & gears etc
  • Tips for guides, porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)
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What are the festivals of Muktinath?

The main festival of Muktinath is Yartung Festival, it celebrates on the month of August (usually in the full moon) every year. Yartung festival is a celebration of local culture and traditions. It attracts the attention of many tourists from around the world.

How local celebrate Yartung festival in Muktinath?

Yartung Festival is a colorful event that celebrates the culture and traditions of people in Mustang. The main feature of this festival are Horse racing, Archery, folk dances and Singing traditional music etc. During celebration locals to come together and enjoy celebration.

What is the importance of Yartung festival in mustang?

Yartung festival is an important festival of Mustang. It marks the end of monsoon season / celebration of the harvest and the beginning of winter season. Yartung Festival is a colorful and vibrant celebration of the Himalayan culture.

Which permits require to celebrate Yartung festival with local?

To celebrate the Yartung Festival in Mustang, Nepal, you will need the ACAP permit only. This permit can be obtained from the National trust of nature conservation permit counter (Nepal tourism board office Kathmandu or Pokhara).

When is the Yartung festival celebrated in Muktinath?

Yartung festival held on the “Janai Purnima” full moon day of August each year. The main events of the Yartung festival are the horse race and the religious ceremonies. It is good time for community to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions.

What is the group size during Yartung festival tour?

The group size of Yartung festival tour is usually between 2 to 14 people, to ensure that everyone has a good experience.

What is the reason to celebrate Yartung festival in Muktinath?

Yartung Festival is a great opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of Mustang region. Local organize this event to give thanks to the gods for a good harvest season.

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